The ISL29020 is a low power, high sensitivity, integrated light sensor with I2C (SMBus compatible) interface. Its state-of-the-art photodiode array provides close to human eye response and good IR rejection. This ADC is capable of rejecting 50Hz and 60Hz flicker caused by artificial light sources. The lux range select feature allows the user to program the lux range for optimized counts/lux. In normal operation, typical power consumption 55µA. In order to further minimize power consumption, two power-down modes have been provided. If polling is chosen over continuous measurement of light, the auto-power-down function shuts down the whole chip after each ADC conversion for the measurement. The other power-down mode is controlled by software via the I2C interface. The power consumption can be reduced to less than 1µA when powered down. Designed to operate on supplies from 2.25V to 3.3V with I2C supply from 1.7V to 3.6V, the ISL29020 is specified for operation over the -40 °C to +85 °C ambient temperature range.


  • Low power
    • 65µA max operating current
    • 0.5µA max shutdown current
  • Software shutdown and automatic shutdown
  • Ideal spectral response
    • Close to human eye response
    • Excellent IR and UV rejection
  • Easy to use
    • Simple output code directly proportional to lux
    • I2C (SMBus compatible) output
    • No complex algorithms needed
    • Variable conversion resolution up to 16-bits
    • Adjustable sensitivity up to 65 counts per lux
    • Works under various light sources, including sunlight
    • Selectable range (via I2C)
      • Range 1 = 0.015 lux to 1,000 lux
      • Range 2 = 0.06 lux to 4,000 lux
      • Range 3 = 0.24 lux to 16,000 lux
      • Range 4 = 0.96 lux to 64,000 lux
    • Temperature compensated
    • Integrated 50Hz/60Hz noise rejection
  • Small form factor
    • 2.0mm x 2.1mm x 0.7mm 6 Ld ODFN package
  • Additional features
    • I2C and SMBus compatible
    • 1.7V to 3.6V supply for I2C interface
    • 2.25V to 3.3V supply
    • Address selection pin
  • Pb-Free (RoHS compliant)


  • Display and keypad dimming for:
    • Mobile devices: Smartphones, PDAs, GPS
    • Computing devices: Notebook PCs, webpads
    • Consumer devices: LCD-TVs, digital picture frames, digital cameras
  • Industrial and medical light sensing


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star ISL29020 Datasheet Datasheet PDF 803 KB
AN1422: Light Sensor Applications Application Note PDF 248 KB
AN1534: VDD Power-Up and Power Supply Considerations for Intersil Ambient Light Sensors Application Note PDF 186 KB
PCN21021 - Introduce alternate assembly facility of the listed Renesas ODFN packaged products Product Change Notice PDF 138 KB
PCN15010 - Additional assembly facility of the listed Intersil ODFN packaged products Product Change Notice PDF 76 KB
PCN10053 - Alternate Manufacturing Site for Assembly of Intersil ODFN Packaged Products - Hana Microelectronics Public Co., Ltd. Lamphun, Thailand Product Change Notice PDF 95 KB
PLC21035 - End of Life Notice Product Life Cycle Notice PDF 1.17 MB
PLC18009 - Q2 Standard EOL Notice Product Life Cycle Notice PDF 345 KB


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Eye-Safety Exposure Calculator Software & Tools - Other XLSX 35 KB

memoryBoards & Kits

Part Number Title Type Company
ISL29020IROZ-EVALZ Low Power, High Sensitivity, Light-to Digital Sensor Evaluation Board Evaluation Renesas